Forest Walks

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Forest Walks and Cycle Paths at Falls of Shin

A further attraction of the Falls of Shin Visitor Centre is the large network of forest paths which lead from it and these are suitable for both walking and family cycling.

With our large car park between the visitor centre and the entrance to the forest paths, Falls of Shin is the perfect base for walking and cycling in the Scottish Highlands, and not least because of all the facilities we have for when you return from your exercise!

The forest at Falls of Shin is owned and managed by the Forestry Commission, who we work closely with to ensure our visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.

The forest walks and cycle paths are all relatively easy and therefore ideal for families. However, longer routes can also be taken from the centre for those looking for something more strenuous.

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Once into the forest at Falls of Shin there’s plenty to enjoy and see, with rugged play areas installed for children along the way and plenty of wildlife to catch the eye.

The wildlife is very varied, with many Highland forest bird species present such as Crossbill, Siskin and Goldcrest. Many species of mammal are also present, including the somewhat elusive Pine Martin which could be glimpsed if you’re walking first thing in the morning or evening.

All the forest paths are clearly marked and there is full information about the forest and routes on signage just after the Falls of Shin car park and before you enter the forest.

Falls of Shin Restaurant

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The restaurant at Falls of Shin has long been renowned for serving excellent food, but now it is even better. The change took place in the spring of 2011 where the whole menu was updated and new expertise brought in to further improve standards in the kitchen and at the service counter. The result has been truly impressive with our customers delighted with the new choice of meals, snacks and pastries, plus faster and more efficient service at the counter. Some dishes are now cooked to order and brought to your table.

Wherever possible, we source ingredients from across the Highlands of Scotland for our wide range of dishes. This includes meat and fish, though for some vegetables this can be more challenging!

The restaurant is fully licenced, with a range of wines, beers and spirits.

The coffee shop at Falls of Shin is also fairly new and boasts lounge seating, a wood burning stove for the colder months, plus free wi-fi! So perfect for small business meetings or for those wanting to stay online when on holiday. And of course, excellent coffee in all the variations you’d expect.

So whether or holiday in the Scottish Highlands or living in the area, the restaurant and coffee shop at Falls of Shin are perfect for a high quality meal, snack or excellent coffee.

Here’s a gastronomic oasis to quell the hunger pangs following a hard day trekking the surrounding hills… It’s home-made cooking at a high standard.
The Scotsman

The Salmon Leap & life cycle of the salmon

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When the glaciers melted after the last Ice Age in the UK, the Highland landscape was formed, creating valleys and lochs. Erosion by debris, boulders and gravel led to the formation of the River Shin and the spectacular waterfalls.

The River Shin is one of the great salmon rivers in Scotland and is one of the rivers, including that of the Cassley and Carron that run into the River Oykel.

The surrounding area consists of many hills and a large number of streams and burns bring water down to form the river. The water appears slightly brown due to the peaty soil.

The water in the River Shin is fresh water and is superbly clean, the perfect conditions for the Atlantic salmon and other fish such as trout that require a constant flow of fresh water.

The Falls of Shin are a natural feature of the River Shin, next to the visitor centre. Visitors each year can watch Atlantic Salmon battle to return to their place of birth to spawn the next salmon generation.

Salmon Life Cycle

The life cycle of the salmo salar, the wild Atlantic salmon is extraordinary with the fish enduring great extremes throughout their lives.

It is in late autumn that the cycle begins with the cock fish (male parent) fertilising the thousands of eggs which the female has laid in a “REDD” or hollow of fine gravel at the top of the river near its source. The parent fish, now called ‘kelts’, cover up the eggs and drift back down- stream and back out to sea.

The eggs, or OVA remain in the gravel for about five months, before hatching out into alevins. Having survived on the yolk sacs of their eggs, the baby fish (now called fry) start their lives by moving into the river, feeding on the tiny organisms that live in the river. With the constant threat of predatory fish and birds as well as flooding, about a quarter of the original hatch will not survive.

The fry that have survived grow to become three or four inch long parr and then continue to live in the river for two to three years, feeding on the tiny organisms that live in the river, before becoming smolts and going out to sea in spring. Some smolts stay close to the shore, living on the many sprats and sand eel and then return to …

FALLS OF SHIN – VISITOR CENTER

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FALLS OF SHIN, ACHANY GLEN, LAIRG,
SUTHERLAND, SCOTLAND – IV27 4EE

Contact us : Telephone +44 (0)1549 402231

Email [email protected]

The Restaurant at the Falls of Shin is open every day from :
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Wintertime
9:30 AM – 6:00 Summertime

Falls of Shin

Situated in the heart of Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland, the Falls of Shin is a wonderful experience for all the family.

Set in the Achany Glen, amongst Highland scenery, Falls of Shin is a day out that has something to offer all members of the family.

Open all year round, this all – weather destination is only an hour’s drive from Inverness.

For those who enjoy the outdoors and wildlife there are extensive forest walks, dramatic waterfalls and the famous salmon leap, where you can watch salmon hurl themselves up the falls, attempting to return to their place of birth to spawn. The Falls of Shin is free to visit with plenty of parking space.

The visitor centre shop has a range of exclusive luxury Harrods gifts from Harrods Knightsbridge in London and superb quality local quality crafts, plus fresh local produce.

Complete your day by enjoying home- made food and snacks served daily from noon in the fully licensed restaurant.

The Falls of Shin & Salmon Leap

When the glaciers melted after the last Ice Age in the UK, the Highland landscape was formed, creating valleys and lochs.

Erosion by debris, boulders and gravel led to the formation of the River Shin and the spectacular waterfalls. The River Shin is one of the great salmon rivers in Scotland and is one of the rivers, including that of the Cassley and Carron that run into the River Oykel.

The surrounding area consists of many hills and a large number of streams and burns bring water down to form the river. The water appears slightly brown due to the peaty soil. The water in the River Shin is fresh water and is superbly clean, the perfect conditions for the Atlantic salmon and other fish such as trout that require a constant flow of fresh water.

The Falls of Shin are a natural feature of the River Shin, next to the visitor centre. Visitors each year can watch Atlantic Salmon battle to return to their place of birth to spawn the next salmon generation.

Salmon Life Cycle

The life cycle of the salmo …

Welcome to Falls of Shin

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Falls of Shin Waterfalls & Salmon Leap

Falls of Shin Waterfalls & Salmon Leap

The water falls at Shin would be spectacular on their own, but the sight of leaping salmon makes them even more special and something not to be missed.

Falls of Shin is recognized as being one of the best places in all of Scotland to watch leaping Atlantic Salmon, and the fish can be seen anytime between May and November, with the late summer months making this almost guaranteed.Visitors at Falls of Shin

The salmon attempt to leap the falls because they are heading up river to breed, and to the place they themselves were born.

In June 2011 we will be opening a major exhibition display which charts the lifecycle of the Atlantic Salmon and the importance of the Kyle of Sutherland area to its long-term survival.

So be sure not to miss this new and impressive addition to what the visitor centre has to offer.

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